Changes to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool Process for the 2018-19 FAFSA Form

Courtesy of Federal Student Aid In a May 3, 2017 Electronic Announcement, we informed the community that in an effort to address privacy and security concerns raised by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT), the IRS and Federal Student Aid (FSA) agreed to implement a solution that will reinstate the use of …

Ed Department issues technical guidance for FAFSA tool

Courtesy of EdScoop | Emily Tate The Department of Education has issued technical guidance for higher ed institutions to address security flaws in the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool, used to help students apply for federal aid. The recommended fixes, announced Monday, are aimed at getting the tool back online in time for the 2018-2019 Federal Student Aid …

When states pay for the SAT or ACT, more poor students go to college

Courtesy of Chalkbeat.org | Matt Barnum New research finds a simple strategy can modestly boost the share of poor students who go on to college: requiring, and paying for, all students to take the ACT or SAT. And while the impact isn’t huge, the policy is relatively cheap — just $34 per student increases four-year college attendance by about 1 …

California’s community colleges’ new push to improve graduation and transfer rates

Courtesy of EdSource | Mikhail Zinshteyn The California Community Colleges must do a much better job preparing Californians for the state’s future workforce, Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in advance of an important vote to approve ambitious new goals for the 114-college system. “There is a clear need for more workers to gain access to the skills and credentials,” Oakley …

U.S. parents spending less on college tuition, study finds

Courtesy of Yahoo News | Beth Pinsker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite a record-high U.S. stock market and a positive economic outlook, U.S. parents spent less on college tuition during the 2016-17 school year, according to Sallie Mae’s 10th annual “How America Pays for College” report. Out-of-pocket spending by parents fell to 23 percent from 29 percent of the average …